In this Amy Goodman interviewwith Greg Palast, author of Armed Madhouse: Who’s Afraid of Osama Wolf?, China Floats, Bush Sinks, The Scheme to Steal '08, No Child’s Behind Left, and Other Dispatches from the Front Lines of the Class War talks about how the Republican Party managed to disenfranchise huge numbers of black voters, many of whom were in Iraq fighting George Bush’s oil war. Palast, by setting up a fake website (Georgewbush.org) was able to receive Republican Party so-called “Cage Lists” of voters whose votes had been successfully challenged. The gyst is that GOP sent letters to the homes of soldiers stamped with “Do not forward”, and then when the letters were returned, used these to challenge the residences of these voters as inaccurate and have their votes thrown out.
Why didn’t they get busted for doing this? Pretty simple. In Palast’s words:
[quote]Because the cops, the voting cops in the United States are in the U.S. Justice Department, and at the time, 2004, the voting cop was John Ashcroft. You know, George Bush’s guy, and now we have Gonzales.
I mean, the U.S. Civil Rights Commission, called, by the way, for a criminal investigation when I began showing this evidence. I don’t give them my sources, but I do give them the public evidence, with the BBC’s approval. You’ll see it in the book. They did vote for criminal investigations. This never got reported in America. The reaction of the Justice Department was to completely ignore the demand for a criminal investigation, and George Bush fired every member of the Civil Rights Commission that voted for the criminal investigation. Do you like that?